Editor's Note: I'd like to offer a massive apology both to Emilee Lawson Hatch and those of you waiting for part 2 of her Tech Farm adventure. This post was supposed to go up 2 weeks ago. I thought I posted it and then left the country and had no real internet access--so I'm very sorry for the delay. Read on to discover Emilee's other interesting foodie finds. Thanks again Emilee!
Other vendors at the Tech Farm were too tempting not to check out. Cherrypharm, Inc. - While the cherries aren't local, they are domestic and the juice is produced right there at the Farm. Carol Langdon, VP of Operations and Finance, indicated that unexpectedly, but due to the natural nutritional benefits of their cherry juice, their products have found a niche with professional athletes and collegiate athletic departments. It is pretty impressive to be able to say that after starting at the Farm in 2005, they have gone from being a small juice provider, to being on the shelves at Wegmans.
Zugibe Vineyards offers a variety of wines sold by the Zugibe family. If you have time, I suggest you check out their website and google the story of their family's vineyard. It is very touching. One of the three handsome brothers, Brendan Zugibe, informed me that they are most well-known for their Riesling. In fact, their 2009 Late Harvest Riesling won the John Rose Award for Best Riesling at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Congratulations guys.
Seneca BioEnergy has developed a grape seed oil, which they expect to have on market this fall. Their researchers came across this product almost accidentally, as they were developing the oil as a pilot product to potentially use as an alternative biodiesel. Then they realized that it tasted good! While you can find other grapeseed oils on the shelves, it is nice to know that this one is manufactured locally from a business that is on the lookout for ways to develop environmentally-conscious energy products.
Top Quality Hay Processors was one of the most surprising vendors at the Farm. Along with research assistance from Cornell, they produce a hay that has high levels of protein and consistent low moisture levels. Although their product is primarily sold for animal feed (think rabbits, horses, cattle), they wanted in on the human food action too! They were offering alfalfa tea, and I was told that smoked potatoes with hay and hay-cured ham are recipes that they've tried and enjoyed.